Brimley Photograph Collection

About this collection

The Brimley Collection is named for Herbert Hutchinson Brimley, the first Curator (and later, first Director) of The North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. During his years of service with the State Museum, Brimley assembled North Carolina displays at various national and international expositions. In preparation of his exhibits for the various shows, Brimley did his own photographic work and traveled throughout North Carolina to capture scenes for display in his exhibits.

This collection, PhC.42, includes photographic negatives and prints taken and overseen by Herbert Hutchinson Brimley (1861-1946) for the Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Geological Survey and the State Museum. The photographs document many aspects of life in the state between the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries.

The photographs in this collection are arranged alphabetically by topic, beginning with Agriculture and ending with World War II. After the subject files, there are also unidentified lantern slides (1900s-1920s), and oversized prints. There are a total of 110 categories in the collection. Most of the collection is black and white, but a few of the oversized prints are hand colored.

A complete listing of each topic and its contents, is available in the Brimley Photograph Collection finding aid, located here. You can also find more information on Brimley at NCPedia.